NBA trade rumors are suggesting a rather interesting replacement for Blake Griffin. According to Hoops Rumors, the Los Angeles Clippers are now trying to come up with a trade that will get the New Orleans Pelicans to part ways with Ryan Anderson. The Pelicans have been fielding calls from several NBA teams about a deal because they are afraid that they will not be able to sign Anderson when he becomes a free agent this summer.
With the way that the salary cap in the NBA is expected to rise, several players will appear to be overpaid over the coming years. There’s already talks that Ryan Anderson might be able to command a maximum salary from a team that desperately needs an upgrade at the forward position. Since the New Orleans Pelicans are already paying big money to Anthony Davis, a player that definitely deserves all the money that he can be paid, they are trying to get something for Anderson.
There are those that believe that the Los Angeles Clippers might be better off without Blake Griffin. The pick and roll play that Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan run is sometimes impossible to stop when they are surrounded by three shooters. Griffin is a solid shooter, but he’s not that great as a three-point shooter. Ryan Anderson is known for being a great three-point shooter, so he might be a much better fit with Paul and Jordan.
Lance Stephenson is in need of yet another change of scenery. The Los Angeles Clippers can include him in the trade package for Ryan Anderson. The New Orleans Pelicans can kick the tires to see if he can be the star player that he was when he was with the Indiana Pacers. Since he felt that he was one of the best players in the NBA, Stephenson bolted for the Charlotte Hornets because he felt that Pacers president Larry Bird had not offered enough money.
In free agency, Ryan Anderson would draw in a lot of interest from NBA teams. The league has changed to the point where outside shooters, especially if they are big men, are more valuable than they have ever been before. The Houston Rockets are planning on utilizing Clint Capela as their starting center once they move Dwight Howard, so an outside shooter like Anderson would be a tremendous sidekick for Capela.
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